Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SMITH COUNTY TX - A FAMILY'S 1-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN BULLDOG MIX ATTACKED THEIR 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL

(KLTV) -
Officials responded to a report of a dog attack Monday morning in Smith County.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office confirmed that shortly after 9 a.m., Smith County Animal Control officers responded to a home in the 12500 block of 18th Avenue in Winona, in response to an animal attack.
The Smith County Animal Control Office confirmed that a child was reportedly attacked by her family's dog, a 1-year-old AMERICAN BULLDOG MIX. The office said that the 6 year-old girl was playing with the dog outside when she started to scream because she didn't want to leave. That was when the dog reportedly attacked her, leaving puncture wounds in her legs, according to Animal Control. 
According to Animal Control, the parents of the child said that the attack was unprovoked and that the dog reportedly had not shown any aggressive tendencies in the three months that they have had it. 
After the reported attack, the girl was taken to the hospital by a family member before officials arrived. According to Animal Control, the family refused emergency medical services. 
According to Animal Control, the dog was tethered outside until officials arrived. Upon arrival, Animal Control said that he dog was surrendered to the Animal Control officers to be euthanized and tested for rabies. 
The identity of the child has not been released at this time. 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The "American Bull Dog Mix" was not rabid, guaranteed! I'm glad it's being euthanized though!

The "American Bull Dog Mix" was provoked by the little girl screaming. You see, screaming is a trigger for dogs like this one. Normal dogs do not react by attacking when they hear screams.

Why do parents insist on bringing home shelter "American Bull Dog Mixes", when it's all in how you raise them? If the dog was 9 months old at the age of adoption, why was it given up? Perhaps the original owners realized they were duped by pit bull propaganda, and got rid of the "American Bull Dog Mix" before it went pit bull on them.

American animal shelters like playing pass the pit bull. It makes them feel like they are saving the pit bulls' lives, when actually they are creating new victims every single day, both animal and human.

Anonymous said...

I agree that screaming activates prey drive. I adopted out a 9 month old German Shepherd female years ago without knowing there was a six year old boy in the household. (I knew about their daughter.) The family did not properly introduce this puppy; and she tackled this running, screaming kid, removed his clothes, and clawed him. He was taken to the ER with no lacerations that needed sutures. The family did the same thing two days later with the same results, and I got the puppy back. The next time I placed her, I told the people not to leave her out with a running, screaming kid; and she has done well in that home.

If the German Shepherd had been a pitbull with activated prey drive, the damage could have been horrific.

To this day, I tell people to never leave an older puppy out unsupervised with a kid until adjustment is complete in the new home.

I would not trust a pitbull in this situation. I have also come to understand that large puppies have no sense and do not control their behavior as they will with training and mental maturity.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:31 -
Screaming activates prey drive? I fell on an injured knee just the other day, and I screamed, and my high drive Border Collie rushed up and tried to kiss me all better.

I then screamed more to get her to go away, which she did. A little.

I've had this exact behavior happen with other Borders, mutts and even my Akita, also HIGH prey drive, so... dunno about your dog, maybe a needle would have helped it.